Wednesday, October 21, 2009
Is Bradford cancellation a surprise to anyone else?
By ESPN.com staff
Posted by ESPN.com's Tim Griffin
The decision made late this afternoon that Sam Bradford was canceling his news conference told me he still hasn't given up on the idea of playing for Oklahoma again this season.
Bradford was set to meet with the press late this afternoon to discuss his future. That news conference was set a day ago and seemed be the time when Bradford was going to say whether he was going to have surgery to take care of his sprained shoulder joint that was reinjured Saturday against Texas.
I would think the majority of Sooner fans would accept whatever decision that Bradford makes with little backlash. The team is 3-3 and there's little that Bradford could do to help salvage the season, return them to the BCS title hunt or even the Big 12 championship after those three losses by a combined five points.
Bradford is one of the most popular players in the history of the Oklahoma program. He's a humble player and a good kid whose legacy won't be tarnished if he decides to have the surgery and leave school for the NFL. It won't be a surprise if there's a statue of Bradford one day at Owen Field, along previous Oklahoma Heisman Trophy winners like Billy Sims and Jason White.
Returning to school will likely cost him several million in what he would have earned as a first pick in the draft to where he will be picked later in another draft. And that's on top of the delay in starting his contract as an NFL player. The really big money comes with his subsequent contracts. By waiting like he did, he pushes his starting date of his starting career back by at least a year.
He apparently wants to decide to take a little more time to make his decision.
Considering what he's meant to Oklahoma, he deserves it.